This cuff looks complicated but is a relatively simple project. I've had many people ask for instructions. It's a great summer craft for teens and young adults, but it might be too much for younger kids. Although this project was made with large plastic pony beads, the same peyote stitch technique could be used with any type of similarly sized beads.
Total Time: about an hour
Yield: 1 cuff
Source: Although I did search for tips online, the basic beading knowledge comes from my mother, Susan Sanders-Kinzel.
*Any 7 different colors can be used. To make a larger or smaller cuff, change the count by an even increment. 28 beads will work well for smaller women or children's wrists.
Count and sort out your beads to make sure you have enough of each color. Cut off a couple of feet of cord to start. You will be tying it at the end of every row so you can easily add cord when needed. You can do the entire bracelet with one long piece but it could be more frustrating for beginners.
If you run out of cord, attach another piece to a part of the last row and tie it off tightly, using a square knot. I usually knot the two ends together the next time I go around for added reinforcement. If you tuck longer ends back through some of the middle beads before trimming them, you can prevent the knot pulling through when stretched.
Although the supplies list the classic ROY G BIV rainbow colors of the rainbow, you can really use any graduated color scheme to create a rainbow look. The mixed set of beads did not have a red, so I used pink. I used a blue green as the seventh color to allow me to alternate between pearly and glitter beads. Indigo and violet can be tricky because most sets have one shade of blue and one of purple. In the clear rainbow bracelet below, I used blue green.
For a more impressive rainbow, add double rows of each color (30 beads each color) with triple rows for the ends (45 beads). Or you can shift between 14 graduated colors, just start and end with a double row.
Here is a perfect kanji cuff to make for a Minecraft fan. This is a page about beaded Minecraft creeper kandi cuff.